Lumbini Tour

 

Lumbini - Birth Place of Lord Buddha

Lumbini is the birth of place of Lord Buddha and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal, where the ruins of the old city can still be seen. At the age of 84, he left this world with thousands of followers to keep Buddhism alive. Lumbini has since been a holy ground for Buddhists all over the world. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini have the remains of many of the ancient stupas and monasteries. A large stone pillar erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha. An important part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. It has stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch.

 

An important archeological site near Lumbini, Kapilvastu evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eighth century BC.

 

Access: Siddhartha Highway connects Lumbini by road to Pokhara, Tansen and Kathmandu. Regular Flights from Kathmandu to Siddharthanagar, which is a 15 - 20 minute drive from Lumbini, connects Lumbini to the capital.

Day by Day Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel


Day 02: Visits to Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Breakfast at hotel. Full day sight-seeing of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

 

Kathmandu City
Three dynasties, a century-long oligarchy, and hordes of hippies have at one time or another occupied the center of old Kathmandu, the Basantapur Durbar Square. Kumari, the living goddess, lives here. In this one square are the wonders, eccentricities, and diversity of Nepali temples. Enter the Hanuman Dhoka Palace and go back in time. Inside are the residential quarters of the kings of the Malla Dynasty (1200–1769 A.D.) and the square where Nepal’s kings were crowned, and temples whose interiors have never been seen by anyone except the priests.

 

Swayambhunath
The stone stairs leading up to the Swayambhunath stupa are dauntingly steep. The all-seeing eyes on the stupa beckon you. Huffing and puffing you clamber to the top, where a breeze cools your sweat-drenched body. Swayambhu, or the Self-Born, is the oldest religious structure in Kathmandu. It is also one of the best places to view the Kathmandu Valley from. Om Mani Padme Hum, the unofficial soundtrack of Swayambhu, drifts to your ears, and for a few blissful moments your world is composed entirely of prayer wheels, butter lamps, monkeys, mutts, and Buddha sculptures. Kathmandu feels like another world.

 

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath, which is named after Lord Shiva’s form as ‘Master of the Beasts,’ is one of the holiest sites in the world for Hindus. The main temple that houses a black Shiva linga sits surrounded by temples and shrines. Just outside the temple’s walls life encapsulated in scenes: animals being sacrificed; bodies being cremated; sadhus posing for photos and demanding money in return; wailing and singing. A little further and above these is the deer park, where blackbucks and chital saunter. According to Hindu mythology, Shiva once frolicked here in the form of a stag. The Vishwarupa Temple houses Shiva in his supreme and all-encompassing form, an image so powerful that a cloth is wrapped around it to prevent exposure.

 

Boudhanath
Boudhanath is a novel experience, one where the Buddha’s all-seeing eyes gaze at restaurants and curio shops, as devotees go around the stupa. Buddhism finds itself in the middle of consumerism here. But it is not limited by its location. On the contrary it transcends boundaries: backpackers in T-shirts walking abreast with grey-haired Tibetan women, doing the kora around Asia’s largest stupa. Streets lead off in every direction from the stupa, like canals designed to carry the spiritual energy generated here by the countless prayer wheels and the ceaseless humming of Om Mani Padme Hum.

 

Day 03: Visit to Bhaktapur and Patan
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sight-seeing of Bhaktapur and Patan.

 

Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur, which means ‘City of Devotees,’ is devoted to living up to its name. The city’s foundations were laid out in the 11th century, during the reign of King Ananda Malla. By the 18th century, it had turned into a mosaic of 172 temples and monasteries. Bhaktapur’s charm is that several of those structures remain today. Notable among those historical gems is the towering Nyatapola Temple in Taumadhi Tole. Walk west from there and you will arrive in the great outdoor museum-like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where the masterful Palace of 55 Windows and the Golden Gate will have you spellbound.

 

Patan
Merger is the theme in Patan. Chaityas are fused with Shiva-Lingam, a medieval palace serves as a museum, livings are made by fashioning gods, festivals are held in the same courtyards where at other times children play football. In the Patan Durbar Square you will find the equivalent of mall rats, whiling away time in this timeless location. Enter the Golden Temple to watch a boy of six or seven, clad in an old dress, perform the daily rituals. Above all, don’t miss the opportunity to enter the low, anonymous doorways. Losing your way is often a means to finding something in Patan.

 

Day 04: Fly by Buddha Air to Bhairahawa
Fly to Bhairahawa and drive to hotel in Lumbini. Full day sight-seeing in Lumbini.

 

Lumbini
LumbiniTo visit Lumbini is to go to the root of Buddhism. It was here in 563 BC that Siddhartha Gautama, a prince who would later go on to attain enlightenment and become the Buddha, was born. Lumbini has always been a destination that drew pilgrims. Perhaps the most famous of these was Emperor Ashoka, who made the pilgrimage to Lumbini in 249 BC, erecting a sandstone pillar that remains to this day. Pilgrims from far-flung foreign lands continued to come to Lumbini long after the region ceased to exist as a Buddhist stronghold. The two most famous pilgrims were Fa Hsien and Hsuan Tang, who visited Lumbini, traveling over land from China, in 403 A.D. and 600 A.D. respectively. Another king, Ripu Malla, made a pilgrimage to Lumbini in 1312. Countless pilgrims have been to the hallowed grounds at Lumbini since a prince decided to leave his royal home and become a seeker. Not everyone, however, came to pay their respects: marauding Mughal forces destroyed Lumbini toward the end of the 14th century. It marked the beginning of an era during which Lumbini was slowly deserted. It disappeared from maps and memory. It was only in 1896 that the Ashokan pillar was rediscovered by an excavation led by Khadga Shumsher Rana, the then governor of Palpa.

 

Following the design of the Lumbini Development Zone by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange in 1978, a building spree of sorts started in Lumbini. The 4 km by 2.5 km park, at the center of which is the revered Maya Devi Temple, is an enchanting blend of ancient temples and archaeological ruins and monasteries built by various countries in their traditional designs.

 

Ashokan Pillar
The Ashokan Pillar is a monument of piety and humility. Erected by Ashoka, the great Mauryan emperor, this 6-meter high pillar made of pink sandstone signifies the conquest of reason and compassion – tenets of Buddhism – over an emperor. The pillar contains inscriptions in Pali. Like Lumbini itself, the pillar was lost for centuries when the town dwindled into oblivion. It was rediscovered in 1896 by Khadga Shumsher Rana. It now stands next to the Maya Devi Temple, its original place.

 

Maya Devi Temple
Regarded and revered as the site of the birth of Lord Buddha, this temple is a site where history and religion meet. It is perhaps the thing most pilgrims have gone and continue to go to get a glimpse of. A major breakthrough in the rediscovery and verification of the Maya Devi Temple was made in 1992, when several ruins were excavated. Of the things uncovered was a commemorative stone resting on a brick plinth dating back 2200 years. The inscriptions on the stone matched the descriptions of a similar tablet laid down by Emperor Asoka during his visit in the 3rd century BC. Walking on a raised boardwalk, you arrive at the central piece of the temple: a stone carving of the Buddha’s birth. It is an object that marks not just the site of the Buddha’s birth but the beginning of a new spiritual era in the Indian Subcontinent, and, ultimately, in the world. The stone is believed to have been placed there by Ripu Malla in the 14th century. Although faded almost to the point of disappearance, the image of Maya Devi clutching a branch as she gives birth to the Buddha is still a beacon of the Buddhist faith, a jewel in this place where religion and history themselves become indistinguishable.

 

Pushkarni Pond
Lumbini TourThe pond, which lies beside the Maya Devi Temple, is the same one where Buddha’s mother bathed before giving birth to him. Like silent witnesses to the agelessness and sanctity of this scared pond, the area nearby is covered with the foundations of brick stupas and monasteries, the oldest belonging to the 2nd century BC and the latest to the 9th century AD.

 

World Peace Pagoda
The white edifice of the World Peace Pagoda, which is located outside the main compound of Lumbini, stands out from its green surroundings like a lotus. Constructed by Japanese Buddhists to serve as a beacon for global peace, the stupa contains a golden statue of the Buddha in a posture he is said to have assumed after being born.

 

Lumbini

Lumbini Crane Sanctuary
The wetlands in the vicinity of the World Peace Pagoda are a visual aberration from the religious monuments of Lumbini. This soggy expanse is protected as a crane sanctuary. Like pilgrims of yore, migrant bird species like Sarus crane roam here, delighting pilgrims and the ornithologists alike.

 

New Monasteries
The foundation of the Lumbini Development Zone in 1978 kick-started a unique building spree, with the major Buddhist countries in the world building monasteries in the landscape set aside as a monastic zone. The zone has turned into a garden embellished with monasteries built in the Tibetan, pagoda and classical Greek styles, to name a few. There are monasteries built by the Japanese Buddhists, people from Manang, the Chinese and Vietnamese, the governments of Mongolia and Bhutan, the Austrian Geden International Foundation, the German Tara Foundation, Japanese Sokyo Foundation, and the French World Linh Son Buddhists.

 

Day 05: Fly back to Kathmandu
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bhairahawa airport, and fly on Buddha Air to Kathmandu.

Cost Details:

 

Package Includes

 

  • Transport, pick-up, and drop
  • Sight-seeing
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel with B&B Basis)
  • Lumbini (Hotel with B & B Basis)
  • Return Air Tickets (KTM-Bhairahwa-KTM)
  • All activities in Kathmandu and Lumbini
  • Entrance fee for: Kathmandu, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur, Patan, and sites in Lumbini.

 

 

Package Excludes

 

  • Visa fee at the International Airport
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses

 

Lumbini is the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born in the 7th or 6th century BC.

According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labor pains, she grabbed hold of the branches of a shade tree and gave birth to Siddharta Gautama, the future Buddha. The Buddha is said to have announced, "This is my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.

In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar. Ashoka's Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: "King Piyadasi (Ashoka), beloved of devas, in the 20 year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan ["blessed one"] having been born here. Lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight part (only)".

 

Monasteries and temples were built at Lumbini until the 9th century, but Buddhism declined in the area after the arrival of Islam and later Hinduism. All that remained was a sculpture, revered by local women as a fertility symbol. The garden of the Buddha's birth was lost for a thousand years.

 

The site was rediscovered in 1895, when a German archaeologist came upon Ashoka's Pillar, identified by its inscription. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

 

What to See at Lumbini

Lumbini lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself.

 

The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The current temple stands on the site of earlier temples and stupas, including the stupa built by Ashoka.

 

The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth identified. The delicate sandstone sculptures discovered here are now in the National Musuem in Kathmandu.

 

Atop the temple is a small square tower of the type seen in Kathmandu, with Buddha eyes on each side and a golden pinnacle on top.

On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool (see top photo), where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the newborn Buddha was washed by two dragons.

 

The Maha Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorful prayer flags are strung between trees. They carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze.

 

The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Ashoka's Pillar, near the temple. It is protected by a small fence, which is decorated with prayer flags and banners from the faithful. Around the courtyard containing the pillar are bowls for incense sticks, and there is room to sit in front of the pillar for contemplation.

 

Getting There

Lumbini is in west-central Nepal near the Indian border. It is not terribly easy to get to, and the site does not receive a large amount of visitors. Most pilgrims to Lumbini come from Southeast Asia, Japan and Tibet, but westerners come regularly as well.

Visitors Information:

 

Nepal -a country of amazing extremes is the home of the world's highest mountains, historic cities and the forested plains where the lordly tigers and the great one-horned rhinoceros trundle at ease. In fact enchantment is everywhere-for anyone in search of Shangri-La.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entering Nepal
Traveling by road : All visitors entering Nepal by land must use no other entry points other than (1) Kakarbhitta (2) Birgunj (3) Belhiya, Bhairahawa (4) Nepalgunj (5) Dhangadi (6) Mahendra Nagar in the Nepal - India border and (7) Kodari in the Nepal - China border. The overland tourists entering the Kingdom with their vehicles must possess an international carnet.

Traveling by air:
You can fly directly to Kathmandu from London , Paris , Frankfurt , Vienna , Amsterdam , Moscow , Osaka , Shanghai , Bangkok , Hongkong, Sharjah, Dubai , Dhaka , Karachi , Abu Dhabi , Bahrain , Doha , Paro, Lhasa , Singapore , Delhi , Mumbai, Patna , Calcutta , and Varanasi . Charter flights can also be arranged for large movements. All flights feature business class and amenities of international standards. Many a time, the Capital offers a guided sightseeing of the Himalaya for no extra charge .

Customs / airport

Custom: All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the port of entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport , Kathmandu (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import: Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarette (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor) one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export: It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal 's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country. We'll assist you in this process.

Airport tax: Passengers departing from the Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu (TIA) are required to pay an airport tax of NRs. 791.00 if going to SAARC countries ( Bangladesh , Bhutan . India , Maldives , Pakistan and Sri Lanka ) and Rs.1130.00 to all other international destinations. Domestic airport tax is Rs. 170.00 for all nationals including Nepalese.

Tourism Service Tax: All Travellers other than Nepalese are required to pay NRS. 565.00 at the airport at the time of departure.

Visa regulation

Indian Nationals do not require visa. However, effective from October 1,2000 , Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point either a passport, Voter's identity card with photograph issued by the central or state government of India . Temporary identity card with photograph issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic missions for identification of Indian nationals will also be considered in case of exceptions. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.

  • Free Visa for Tourist from SAARC Country as well as China . Likewise the Government has also waived visa fees for any tourist entering for a period of three days. Free visa for any national for re-entry who have stayed at least for 15 days and more in the country.
  • Visa Fee:
    Single entry - US$ 30 days for 60 days
    Multiple entry - US$ 50 + US$30
    Visa will be extended subsequently for 30 days each upon payment of US$ 30 for a maximum period of 150 days in a visa year (Jan-Dec). Visa can be obtained either on arrival in Nepal or from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other Mission offices abroad. Two passport size photographs required. Indians do not require visa to visit Nepal . However, they require to be in possession of any one of the following documents while travelling between the two countries.
  • Valid national passport
  • Photo identity card issued by the government of India/any State Government or Union Territory/Administration in India/Identity Cards issued by the Election Commission of India. (Except Tatkal Identity Cards issued by the Ministry of Railways).
  • Children between 10-18 years age group are allowed to travel by air on the strength of a passport or photo identity card issued by the Principal of their school or college.
  • Emergency Certificate issued by Embassy of India , Kathmandu to Indian nationals in case of emergent conditions.
  • Children up to the age of 10 years will not require the above-mentioned documents for travelling between India and Nepal , by air.

Currency & Credit Cards

Payment in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Credit cards like American Express, Master and Visa are widely accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. Remember to keep your Foreign Exchange Encashment Receipt while making Foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepalese Rupees. The Receipts may be needed to change leftover Nepalese Rupees into hard currency before leaving the country, however, the bank may convert only 10 percent of the total amount.

Climate

Nepal has a typical monsoonal two - season a year. There is a dry season from October to May and there is the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September - November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time of the year in Nepal . When monsoon just ends, the countryside is green and lush. Nepal is at its most beautiful and during this season there are plenty of colorful festivals to enjoy. Click here for Temperature Chart

Clothing:

clothing depends on place and time, however, it is recommended to have both light and warm clothing. Medium-weight and easy-to-wash cottons are a good choice year-round in the Kathmandu Valley . From October to February, woolen sweaters, jackets or similar other outfits are essential. Short or long sleeved shirts are comfortable for March to May. From June to September, light and loose garments are advisable. In the mountain areas warm clothes are generally a must be need. Down quilt jacket and under trousers are recommended for high altitude trekking.

Health guide

Insurance: Travel insurance policies that cover theft, loss and medical treatment are recommended. Make sure the insurance also cover the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking, river rafting, wildlife safaris, climbing and such other activities.

Medical Kit: A simple but adequate Medical Kit can be most useful without taking much space in your baggage. The following is recommended as tried and true list of items.

  • Aspirin of Panadol - for pain or fever.
  • Antihistamine - useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites and stings or to help prevent motion sickness.
  • Antibiotics - useful if you are traveling well of the beaten track but they must be prescribed.
  • Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets.
  • Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhoea.
  • Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar 'dry ' spray - for cuts and grazes.
  • Calamine lotion - to ease irritation from bites or stings.
  • Bandages and Band-Aids - for minor injuries.
  • Scissors, tweezers and thermometers.
  • Insect repellent, sun block, suntan lotion, chopsticks and water - purification tables.
  • Throat lozenges (Strepsils).
  • Moleskin.
  • Eye, nose and ear drops.
  • Acetaminophen (Paracetamol).
  • Antacid tablets.

Prevention, the best medicine:

Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. The number one rule is don't consume the water including ice. Reputable brands of bottled Water or soft drinks are generally fine. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if water may have been added.

Cultural shocks and a few tips (Some Do and don't)

with its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white Himalayas and sparkling rivers it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country.

Time and Business Hours

Nepal is five hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT.

Holidays:

Nepal observes numerous holidays, at the least a couple in a month. So please check the holiday calendar. Government offices observe all the national holidays and banks observe most of them. Businesses observe major holidays only.

Festivals and calendar

Nepal has more festivals than the number of days in a year. A festival is always a meaningful and memorable event in the life of Nepalese people. Every festival has some purpose to serve. From bringing in the rain to honoring the dead or averting calamities, every festival has something spiritual about it. Festival is a way of life in Nepal . With the number of festivals that Nepal has, it is one of the best ways to understand and appreciate the Nepalese ways of life. The date of Nepali festivals are according to the lunar calendar. Hence the date of festivals varies from year to year. Festival in Nepal

Communication Facilities

Postal Services : The Central Post Office located near Dharahara Tower , is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The counters are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provide stamps, postcards and aerograms. Post Restante is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Express Mail Service ( EMS ) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.

Telephone Services : Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1.

Internet Services : Several Internet cafes and communication centers have opened up in the Valley and around the country in the past few years. Visitors only have to find a place they are most comfortable in to use the facilities to keep in touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

THINGS TO DO

Trekking and mountain climbing are still the most popular sport among visitors. Rafting on white water mountain streams across the typical cross section of Nepal 's geography is equally popular. Jungle safari in the Terai is preferred by visitors interested to see Nepal 's rare varieties of animals and birds. Nepal also offers bungy jumping above the wild waters of River Bhote Koshi. Canyoning to explore the rugged and out-of -reach landscapes is another option at the site.

Mountaineering: With eight of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has been the focus of some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering. For many decades the dauntless icy peaks have posed as challenge to those who dare. There are some 326 peaks in Nepal open for mountaineering today. Government of Nepal opened around 175 peaks in the last two years to mark the Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Climbing permit to scale the Nepal Himalayas is issued in all seasons by the Mountaineering Section of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Certain official documents are required to seek permission for climbing peaks. Around 121 peaks do not require liaison officer for expedition.

Trekking: Nepal offers excellent trekking options to visitors from the easy walking excursions to the strenuous climb of the snowy peaks. The most rewarding way to experience Nepal 's natural embellishment and cultural assortment is to walk through the length, breadth and the altitudes of the country. Trekking in Nepal is a big part of the ultimate Himalayan adventure and a majority of tourists have trekking as a part of their itinerary.

One can also trek on ponies in some remote places, which is equally enthralling for visitors. Pony treks follow nearly the same routes and are offered mostly in western region of Pokhara, Dolpo and Lo Manthang (Mustang).

Jungle Safari: Royal chitwan and bardiya national parks and royal suklaphanta wildlife reserve offer exciting safari holidays. Jungle activities here include venturing into deep jungle on elephant back or four wheel drive to view wild animals in their natural habitat, canoe rides on the Jungle Rivers , nature walks, bird watching and village tour excursions.

Rafting: Nepal has earned the reputation of one of the best destinations for white water rafting. Cruising down rushing rivers of crashing waves and swirling rapids can make up excitement of a lifetime. Rafting trips for some is the highlight of their stay in Nepal . The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody: Grade 5-5+ rivers with raging white water rapids for the adventurous, to Grade 2-3 rivers with a few rapids for novices. Rafters also have a choice ranging from two to three-week trips to trips of two or three days.

Village Tours : Village tours allow visitors to experience a stay in a typical Nepali village. This gives visitors an opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural tradition from the closest quarter and intermingle with the locals. Besides, any expenses made at that level directly contribute to the welfare of the local community, hence giving the visitor a sense of satisfaction. Village tours are conducted in Sirubari, Gorkha and other places.

Sight-seeing: For those who can not withstand the rigorousness of mountain climbing there are mountain flights which fly around Mt. Everest and other summits providing a close-up view of the top of the world? On a clear day, the hill resorts of Nagarkot (32 km East of Kathmandu), Dhulikhel (32km) and Daman (80 km southwest of Kathmandu) afford magnificent views of Mt. Everest and the entire Himalayan range. For the less adventurous, Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal provides ample opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating along with majestic panoramic views in its background.

Shopping : Shopping in Nepal is easy. With a little money and some time one can obtain the best buys this little kingdom has to offer. It will be helpful to have a Nepali for company if a huge shopping project is at hand. Common tourist shopping items include souvenirs and trinkets like gems and jewelry. However, one should be careful while buying jewelry as assessing their quality is difficult. Hand-weaved cotton fabric is a popular buy among visitors. Some buy pashmina that this Himalayan region is famous for and some also buy fresh tea and spices.

Entertainment : Visitors have a choice from a potpourri of amusements. They can: partake in cultural shows that include theater and local art; wine and dine at premier hotels that provide excellent service; enjoy music and dance at newly-opened discotheques; try a luck at rummy or blackjack at one of our casinos; enjoy a game of golf in our Himalyan serenity; or just watch a movie as cozy twosome in one of our movie theaters

World Heritage sites (Culture)

  • Swayambhu Nath,
  • Bouddha Nath
  • Pashupati Nath
  • Bhaktapur Durbar square
  • Kathmandu Durbar square
  • Patan Durbar square
  • Changunarayan
  • Lumbini

World Heritage sites (Nature)

  • Everest National Park
  • Chitwan National Park

Popular Tourist Destination (By road/Air)
Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Gorkha, Pokhara, Baglung, Tansen, Lumbini, Janakpur, Bardia, Chitwan, Dhankuta, Dharan, Ilam, Dolakha, Kosit Tappu etc.

Popular Tourist Destination (By Trek)
Annapurna, Jomsom, Manang, Mustang, Dolpo, Rara, Jumla, Lukla, Syangboche, Larke, Rolwaling, Khaptad, Manaslu, Makalu - Barun, Gosainkunda, Langtang, Helambhu, Namchebazar, Muktinath, Kanchanjunga

Accomodation

Nepal has every category of accommodation facilities that range from the international standard star hotels to budget hotels and lodges. In order to have an assured quality service, it is advisable to use the facilities and services of government registered hotels, lodges, travel agencies, licensed tour guides only and engage an authorized trekking guide or porter only through a registered travel and trekking agency ......

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